I first experienced a live dot matrix symphony back in the Nineties at a Sonar festival, Barcelona. It’s nice to see James Houston has revisited this concept and ramped it up on both a auditory and visual level to create another pop promo which validates the conclusion of the essay I wrote for the Oberhausen Short Film Festival on the currently pervading influence of video art on music video.
Elements in video used so effectively to create a binary performance:
Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer – Drums
HP Scanjet 3c – Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array – Act as a collection of bad speakers – Vocals & FX
& vintage Oscilloscope for additional visual pleasure
Big Ideas (don’t get any) from James Houston on Vimeo.
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